BRAMPTON, ON (Jan.10, 2014) During the week of Jan. 13, the Region of Peel will provide residents with Christmas tree collection. Residents should place trees at the curb on their regularly scheduled collection day. Beginning Jan. 13, for a two-week period, the Region of Peel will provide residents with an additional special yard waste collection service to assist with the removal of small amounts of brush and ice storm-related tree debris.
"We are providing the additional yard waste collection service to assist in the clean-up efforts. The service will be reviewed in an ongoing fashion taking into consideration weather conditions, the availability of additional collection vehicles and the overall progress of the coordinated efforts between the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga, the Town of Caledon and the Region", remarks Dan Labrecque, Commissioner, Public Works. "Residents should be aware that over the next two weeks we will make every effort to collect small bundles of yard waste, however we may not get to every household during this time".
The special yard waste collection service will assist residents with the storm related clean-up and augment the Cities and the Town’s removal of larger downed tree debris and limbs. Regional collection will focus on geographical areas with smaller volumes of storm-related yard waste, while the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga’s Forestry Services primary focus will be areas with larger downed tree debris and limbs, providing a coordinated and efficient clean-up for the entire Region.
Residents are advised that due to the Dec. 22 ice storm, coupled with recent extreme cold weather conditions, the Region is currently experiencing waste collection delays and anticipates this will continue into the collection week of Jan. 13. As a result, small bundles of storm-related yard waste and Christmas trees placed at the curb for collection may not be collected on their regularly scheduled collection day.
Special Yard Waste Collection
Residents are reminded of the following instructions when setting out small bundles of yard waste and brush;
- small bundles of yard waste and brush must not exceed 1.2 m (4 ft.) and 76 cm (30 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.)
- individual branches and tree limbs must not exceed 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.)
- leave small bundles of yard waste at the curb as the Region of Peel anticipates yard waste collection may not coincide with residents regularly scheduled collection day
Please note that residents in the Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB) quarantine area of Malton cannot move wood or storm-related yard waste and debris from the restricted area. They have two options for yard waste disposal. At this time, residents can bring storm-damaged tree debris to 2699 Drew Road (north of Derry Road East and east of Torbram Road). The wood debris will be disposed of effectively to prevent the possible spread of ALHB. Alternatively, the Region of Peel will pick up small bundles of yard waste from the curb and will ensure that it is disposed of in a process that effectively prevents the spread of ALHB.
Business owners in the quarantined areas of Malton can also bring storm-damaged tree debris to 2699 Drew Road or make arrangements with their contractors to dispose of wood waste, packaging material and tree debris as per Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations to avoid spreading ALHB.
Residents outside of the ALHB quarantined areas are reminded that storm-related yard waste and tree debris can be dropped off at any Regional Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) – drop-off fees have been waived.
Over the coming weeks, the Region of Peel will monitor and assess the ongoing need for additional yard waste collection. Residents will be kept apprised of the details as they are confirmed.
Christmas Tree Collection
Residents are reminded of the following instructions when setting out Christmas trees at the curbside for collection;
- trees must not exceed 3m (10 ft.) in length
- remove all outer plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and tree stand
- trees buried in snow banks or wrapped in plastic will not be picked up
- residents may also drop off their Christmas trees at any Regional CRC– regular drop-off fees will apply
Please note residents may experience some Christmas tree collection delays. Residents are advised to leave their trees at the curb for collection if they are not picked up on their regular collection day.
The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on these programs, visit www.peelregion.ca/waste or call the Region of Peel at 905-791-9499 or in long-distance areas of Caledon call 905-584-2216, free of charge.